April 5, 2014 |
Tables were packed so tightly at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's construction investment breakfast Thursday that a loose bull would have wreaked real havoc. But the bullish vibe among the 200 officials from construction companies, government agencies, trade unions, and engineering, architectural and law firms in the ballroom was clearly evident. "There's a lot more smiling," said panelist Stephen P. Mullin, president of Econsult Solutions, an economic-analysis firm in Philadelphia.
March 23, 2014 |
PATCO rail commuters got another dose of delays and crowding on Friday evening rush-hour trains, as construction work and a broken-down train hampered service. It was the first rush-hour of PATCO's newly revised construction schedule, which will continue through Memorial Day on Fridays after the morning rush and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. An eastbound train was taken out of service at the 15th-16th and Locust station, after passengers and crew heard a loud bang. There were also reports of smoke, and Philadelphia firefighters quickly arrived, but PATCO president John Hanson said later there had been no fire or smoke.
March 20, 2014 |
ON ITS website, H&M tells potential hires how much they'll be treasured by the behemoth company. "It's important that you feel appreciated and treated well in every way," the Swedish low-priced, high-style fashion retailer assures those who join its 105,000-plus global workforce (whose benefits package is so rich, it even includes pet insurance). "In the long run it's your well-being that is the key to our success. " If only the company's construction people cared as deeply about the well-being of H&M's neighbors.
March 19, 2014 |
PATCO train passengers won't have to deal with rush-hour construction delays on Mondays until after Memorial Day, the commuter rail agency said Monday. After delays, breakdowns, and a nerve-racking train evacuation last month, PATCO had suspended weekday track construction on the Ben Franklin Bridge. The revised construction schedule announced Monday will restrict bridge construction work to between 10 a.m. Fridays and 4:30 a.m. Mondays. But at some point after Memorial Day, things will get much worse for commuters.
February 21, 2014 |
To ease passengers' frustration with late trains and crowded platforms, PATCO may change its construction schedule on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the commuter line's chief said Wednesday. PATCO may temporarily reduce the track-replacement construction work to weekends, said John Hanson, acting chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, which owns and operates PATCO. Since Jan. 18, PATCO has been closing one of its two tracks on the bridge from 11 a.m. Fridays until 3:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
February 4, 2014 |
TRENTONMore than a year after voters approved $750 million in funding for New Jersey colleges, some state Democrats are questioning the timing of how the bonds are released, while state officials say the money will still come through as expected. Voters approved the funding in a referendum in fall 2012, a measure to support construction and infrastructure projects such as building new classrooms or overhauling WiFi networks. The state issued $100 million in bonds in May. No new bonds have been issued from the $750 million initiative since.
January 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Tempers flared this time last year between the Philadelphia Housing Authority and unions in the building trades. A look at what happened to 24-year-old Abdul Mujahid helps explain why. Mujahid signed up for the PHA training program to prepare himself for a job in construction. He spent weeks learning the basics of electrical work, plumbing, and carpentry. After graduating in 2010, he passed union tests to become an apprentice and put his name on waiting lists.
December 8, 2013 |
UNIVERSITY CITY has seen a lot of changes by way of more fine restaurants and trendy shops in the last decade. Now, the area is about to get its first new residential tower in more than a decade. The $110 million project also includes a significant increase in community space for service programs such as child care and nutrition programs, as well as a new office building. The project, which broke ground Thursday, is an interesting partnership between the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral and the Radnor Property Group of Wayne, Delaware County.
December 6, 2013 |
A Philadelphia construction worker is in critical condition after touching unprotected electric lines at what city officials said was an illegal construction site in the fast-changing neighborhood west of Temple University. Doctors were treating Rashir Cromwell, 35, on Wednesday in the burn unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Cromwell also fractured his back. The bricklayer "fell from the roof" at 1806 W. Montgomery Ave. on Tuesday morning, city police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.
December 4, 2013 |
SPRING AND SUMMER will come and go before construction is finished on Dilworth Plaza - which flanks the west side of City Hall - pushing off the completion date for the project an additional 2 to 3 months. Center City District officials said yesterday that several unexpected snags in the construction phase and cost overruns are pushing the end date to Labor Day at the earliest. The original date of completion was slated for spring. "Relying on as-built drawings for Dilworth Plaza, which was completed in 1977, the Center City District and its construction team estimated in late 2011 the amount of underground demolition work that would be required in order to construct the three levels of the new Dilworth Plaza, while working around operating SEPTA lines," said Paul R. Levy, chief executive of the district.